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How To Write A Book Review

A book review is the analysis of a book. It includes the summary, plot points, characters, strengths, and weaknesses of the story. It views the story through a critical lens to give an unbiased opinion on the themes, writing, and positive or negative aspects. It helps the book in attracting potential readers. It also helps the reader to make up their minds on whether to read a story or not. It is a must to have an unbiased opinion. 

Keep notes

While reading, keep notes of the basic information about the book. For example, the publication date, number of pages, publishers, genre, title, subtitles, and the author’s name. Also, note the main events in the book and include them in the review. Keep tabs on the themes, character developments, and the writing style of the author as well.

Start writing

Now that you have the information - start writing. Begin with a summary of the book. But, stay away from any information that might be a spoiler or a plot twist. It might hinder the reading experience of the reader. Do not reveal much while writing the summary.

Talk about the positive and negative aspects:

Talking about the positive things first is a must. Write about what you liked and disliked in the book. Here are the few points you might want to keep in your mind while writing the positive and negative aspects. 

● Was the plot good?

● Did the characters go through development throughout the book?

● Were the dialogues realistic? 

● Were you able to connect to the main character?

● Was the theme in the book properly addressed?

● How’s the writing style? 

● Is the ending or the cliffhanger satisfying? 

Provide examples:

It is not enough to say that this was good or bad. You must provide an example and argument as to why something was good or bad. Use examples from the book to support your point. Also, include quotes in your example but try not to go overboard with it. Too many quotes are a big no. 

Write a Conclusion:

The conclusion should also be brief. Additionally, also add the recommendations. It will help aim the book at the targeted audience. Is the book for middle graders, adults, or young adults? Does it have a specific trope? Does it have a character that has similar characteristics to another character? Mention these, so readers who like certain tropes or characters would also pick up this book. Do give it a rating and explain the reason for the specific rating. 

Keep in mind:

There are a few extra things to keep in mind while writing a review. Keep an eye on the word length. Even if there isn’t a word limit, a lengthy review often turns readers away. Do not ramble on and on about things that caught your eye. Keep the review to the point. Furthermore, try not to be mean when writing a review. If you want to criticize, criticize constructively. And lastly, remember to check your grammar.

These are the few points to help you write a sensible review. Keep these in mind, and you’re good to go. Remember, be unbiased and mindful.


Written by Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Manik Chaturmutha